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Oil reaches Important Bird Areas

Thu, 06/05/2010
Reports of oil reaching the Chandeleur Islands mark the initial assault of the massive Gulf Oil Spill on the first of 25 recognised Important Bird Areas (IBAs) that line the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to south Florida. Designated by Audubon (BirdLife Partner) in conjunction with BirdLife International, the sites provide essential habitats to hundreds of species. South of Gulfport, Mississippi, the Chandeleurs are breeding habitat for Sandwich and Royal Terns, plus Brown Pelicans—only recently removed from the U.S. Endangered Species list and just beginning to bounce back.

WOW - new training kit launched for wetland bird conservation

Wed, 05/05/2010
The Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project - the largest international wetland and waterbird conservation initiative to take place in the African-Eurasian region - is launching an innovative Flyway Training Kit for waterbird conservation next week.

Oil Spill Answers from Expert on the Ground

Tue, 04/05/2010
Audubon’s Melanie Driscoll, director of bird conservation for the Louisiana Coastal Initiative, is in Venice to help coordinate bird rescue efforts. Driscoll set aside some time yesterday evening to talk about the challenges facing bird rescue workers, the search for volunteers, the species of greatest concern, and the beauty and rich birdlife of the region.

In Harm's Way? Least Terns in Mississippi Await Fate – Video

Tue, 04/05/2010
Video by Audubon about Least Tern nesting sites in Mississippi which are at risk from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Wetland Birds Are Sitting Ducks As Oil Slick Approaches Fragile Coast - Video

Mon, 03/05/2010
The exploded British Petroleum oil well pumping daily an estimated 210,000 gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico is still hemorrhaging today as wildlife officials, politicians, and oil industry executives are clambering to triage and treat the crisis.

Important Bird Areas at Risk from the Gulf Oil Spill

Sat, 01/05/2010
Many Important Bird Areas designated by Audubon (BirdLife Partner in the US) and its partners for their essential habitat value to bird species lie within potentially affected areas. Read the full list here.